Laurel Chor

左力丰

Laurel Chor

Photojournalist, filmmaker
Editorial focus: Wildlife conservation, hard news

Unless humans learn to appreciate nature, they will never think of protecting it.

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Laurel was born in Canada and majored in international health in university. A fan of Jane Goodall since young, she decided to take up a role of field assistant at a protected area for elephants and gorillas in Central African Republic after graduation. She was forced to leave due to the civil war.

A few weeks after her departure, a group of poachers came to the reserve and slaughtered 26 elephants overnight. The ecological disaster caused by the ivory trade was not widely reported nor discussed at all. This made Laurel realise that she could do more to help the elephants by shining a light on the conservation of wild animals to the wider public. She returned to Hong Kong, the world's largest illegal ivory trading market, and began her career as a journalist.

Laurel reports on social, political and environmental issues. While reporting on wild boars, she asked her friends to notify her at the first sighting so she can rush to the scene for the photoshoot. Once, to track a wild boar in the Mid-Levels, she ventured up the hill and down into the greenery. The effort was worth it at the end when she finally found its den, and was able to capture details on wild boars living in urban areas.

Laurel is currently pursuing a master's degree in biodiversity, conservation and management at Oxford University, and hopes to continue passing on her knowledge in conservation through future professional pursuits.

Laurel's website:
http://www.laurelchor.com/

攝影記者、紀錄片製作人
報導範籌:野生動物保育

除非人們學會欣賞自然,否則他們永遠不會想到要保護它

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左力丰(Laurel)在加拿大出生,大學主修國際衛生,從小視專門研究黑猩猩的生物學家珍古德為偶像。她甫畢業便到非洲參與保育黑猩猩和大象,後因當地爆發內戰,無奈離開。

在她離職後數週,一群非法象牙捕獵者闖入該保護區,一夜間屠殺了26頭大象。由象牙貿易引致的這場生態災難,竟沒太多人談論,令Laurel意識到可以透過喚醒大眾對保育的關注去為大象保育出一分力。於是她回流香港這個全球最大的非法象牙貿易市場,開始她的記者生涯。

她寫生態報導亦有「跑港聞」味道,因為要撰寫有關香港野豬的文章,就拜託朋友每遇見野豬便立刻通知她,好讓她趕往現場拍攝。試過在半山長時間跟蹤一隻野豬,爬山穿林,終在山上發現牠的獸穴,成功捕捉到野豬在城市生活的不同面向。

她正於牛津大學修讀有關生物多樣性和保育的碩士研究生課程,希望未來可以將更多保育知識傳遞給大眾。

Laurel的網站:
http://www.laurelchor.com/